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Beto O'Rourke Checked On Seniors During Texas Blackouts While Ted Cruz Went "Vacationing"

Beto O'Rourke Checked On Seniors During Texas Blackouts While Ted Cruz Went "Vacationing"

Ted Cruz left with family to Mexico for a short trip as hundreds of thousands of Texans were fighting freezing temperatures.

DES MOINES, IOWA - NOVEMBER 01: Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) addresses his supporters at the Wells Fargo Arena on November 01, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Nothing reveals the leadership qualities of a person quite like a crisis. The response of Beto O'Rourke during the Texas power blackout is one that has become a source of pride for the state. Beto O'Rourke, along with volunteers, made more than 170,000 wellness calls to check on seniors, during the snowstorm, throughout the state, reported The Week. The Democrat ran for the presidential nomination in 2020 and was also a Texas Senate candidate in 2018. More than hundreds of thousands of people in Texas didn't have power as of Thursday morning.

Ironically, the man the state chose to represent itself in the Senate — Ted Cruz — appeared to have left the state for a family vacation at Cancun as Texans were out of power, and in many places water. The Republican returned to the state a day later after being heavily criticized for looking to escape the freezing temperatures in Texas. "The junior senator from the state of Texas, who I understand is vacationing in Cancun right now, while people are literally freezing to death in the state that he was elected to represent," said Beto O'Rourke, in an interview with MSNBC. At least 20 people have died as a result of the snowstorm and the subsequent power blackout.   



 

 

Beto O'Rourke also called out GOP leaders after they attempted to place blame for the power outages on renewable energy sources, which accounts for only 10 percent of the power. Governor Greg Abbott said renewable energy sources caused the blackout, despite claiming otherwise on local TV. Despite being more than a decade in power, the right-wing ecosystem, including Fox News, tried to point fingers at the Green New Deal, which hasn't even been implemented. Texas privatized its power grid and multiple reports claimed the company had failed to do the necessary maintenance or prepare for climate emergencies such as this.

DES MOINES, IA - NOVEMBER 01:Democratic presidential candidate and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) hugs a supporter after announcing he was dropping out of the presidential race before the start of the Iowa Democratic Party Liberty & Justice Celebration on November 1, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

 

Beto O'Rourke said America isn't prepared for climate change and placed the blame for the power blackout on Republicans "In Texas, you have an example of what happens when a state is governed by those who do not believe in government, to begin with," said O'Rourke, reported Newsweek. "The Republican Party has had absolute control of the state Senate, the statehouse, the governor, the lieutenant governor, every state-wide office for the last 20 years," he said. O'Rourke has also been sharing crucial information and coordinating rescue efforts and resources on his social media during the crisis. 



 

 

While Republicans pointed fingers at renewable energy, Democrats took the initiative to support Texans on the ground during the blackout. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised more than $1 million in donations for five Texan noon-profits to help the people during the snowstorm. The funds will go to food aid, homelessness assistance, elder care, and other direct relief. 



 

 

Ted Cruz returned from Cancun and revealed he had originally intended to return only on Saturday. He had traveled with his family to Mexico during the crisis. Ted Cruz came under heavy criticism after fellow travelers took pictures of the Senator leaving Texas along with his family. On his return, the GOP leader admitted it was a mistake. According to texts accessed by The New York Times, Heidi Cruz, Ted's wife, invited her friends and neighbors to join them in the getaway as their house was "FREEZING."

Ted Cruz attempted to justify the trip by claiming he was only being a good dad to his two daughters who wanted to spend the weekend away from home. "The plan had been to stay through the weekend with the family," said Cruz. "On the one hand, all of us who are parents have a responsibility to take care of our kids, take care of our families. But I also have a responsibility that I take very seriously of fighting for the state of Texas," he added. #FlyinTed and #FledCruz were some of the hashtags trending on social media.



 

Gilberto Hinojosa, the Texas Democratic Party chairman called out the GOP leader, too. "This is about as callous as any politician can get. He’s a politician that really has never cared much about anybody but himself," said Hinojosa. 

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